Henry Nissen

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Name: Henry Nissen
Birth Name: Henry Nissenbaum
Hometown: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Birthplace: Bergen Belsen, Niedersachsen, Germany
Stance: Orthodox
Pro Boxer: Record
Amateur Boxer: Record


Born in 1947, Henry Nissen's father was a Polish Jew and his mother a Ukrainian Jew who met in Russia where they had fled to avoid the Holocaust. Henry was born in the Officer's Headquarters, outside the Belsen Concentration Camp, that had become part of a displaced person's camp. The following year his family migrated to Australia. He fought as an amateur from 1964 to 1970, winning a gold medal at the 1969 Maccabian Games and 39 of his 49 amateur bouts.

Nissen never won an Australian amateur title but won the professional Australian national Flyweight Title in his third professional bout, his brother Leon at that time holding the amateur title. Nissen won The Commonwealth (British Empire) Flyweight Title in 1971 by technical knockout over Scotland's John McCluskey in the eighth rd. and held it until 1974. Since his retirement from boxing Nissen has been engaged in youth work and has won several awards in Australia in recognition of his humanitarian efforts.

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